Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd will file a measure to bar groups seeking to “overthrow of government” from running for party list seats in the House of Representatives.
Sotto’s move was in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegations that the House’s Makabayan bloc in the House has alleged ties with communist rebels, serving as their legal fronts.
“We can come out with a provision, to be able to address the President’s concerns, that if you are working to overthrow the government, you cannot be qualified,” Sotto said but not identifying certain groups.
Sotto said in an online forum on Wednesday that an antirebellion clause was one of the reforms he wants to introduce in Republic Act No. 7941, or the Party-list System Act.
The military has been insisting that the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives has ties with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA)-National Democratic Front. The bloc denies the allegations of the military.
Sotto last week said the President told leaders in Congress in a meeting with military officials in November 2020 that he “[wanted] this problem with the CPP-N